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"I grew up watching Bollywood films that told me there were no equal relationships for someone like me or that no interesting man – disabled or not – would chose to be with a disabled woman out of attraction and love. But a film like Kaabil makes me happy for the young d.. moreisabled teenagers who see themselves being accepted and celebrated in mainstream cinema. Never mind the fact that Rohan Bhatnagar kindled the teenaged celebrity crush on the actor for me."
A really heartfelt piece on Kaabil by Nidhi Goyal, who shares her perspective as a blind woman and a disability rights activist.
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LA LA LAND is nominated for 14 Academy Awards including Best Picture!
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Dangal & Nil Battey Sannata, and what connects them

Among a lot of things I have been thinking and reading about after watching Dangal, there is the particular aspect of how justified is it for a parent to push their children towards something they may initially not be interested in. This reminded me of another film I saw ear.. morelier this year called Nil Battey Sannata, which too was about a parent, being insistent on an initially disinterested daughter, to become something in life.

In that film, the parent was a poor single mother who worked as a maid, and pushed her daughter hard towards studies against her will, so that she does not end up becoming a maid like herself. Also much like Mahavir Phogat's character in Dangal, she goes to great lengths herself to make that possible for her daughter, while the daughter was unappreciative of it(even rebellious much like the Phogat sisters in Dangal).

Anyways the interesting bit is that, Nil Battey Sannata was directed by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, who is wife of Dangal's co-writer/director Nitesh Tiwari, who wrote this film's story as well, while they both collaborated with two other writers for the screenplay.

I urge everyone who has seen Dangal and has been wondering about these aspects to also watch Nil Battey Sannata. The comparison is interesting both in similarities and differences, in treatment of this particular aspect in both the films, and it will give you an added perspective to think about it, or say widen the range to reflect upon. I'll be for sure interested in reading a piece on it, if somebody does one, so just planting this thought out here.
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"Has the potential to make lovers of us all"
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Here's to the ones who dream!

Written & Directed by Damien Chazelle
Starring Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone
Music by Justin Hurwitz
Cinematography Linus Sandgren
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Such a heartfelt interview of his, after a long time. Thoughtful, reflective and unlike any of typical film promotional PR stuff.

Had absolutely loved Barfi, but this seems way more audacious. Totally rooting for it. 😍

This is really really good! Looking forward to see more work from the artist.

Good work, Rahul. This looks great. Keep sharing your work with us. :)
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Watching India In A Day, is one of the most evocative and fulfilling experiences I have ever had, when it comes to cinema! No.. morew that the film is finally online, it is to be missed for nothing.

Recommend you watch it at leisure without any distractions, phone on silent, lights off and at one go. It may take a bit to get into, with what we are normally used to expect of cinema, but trust me its truly rewarding, if you really allow yourself into it.

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